has played an unforgettable role throughout the history of Tamil Nadu. This
royal city of the Cholas gained prominence between the 10th and 14th
centuries. Since then, it continued to grow as a major centre of culture and
learning. It is due to this reason that Thanjavur is known today for its
world renowned paintings, musical instruments, sculptures and other items of
art and craft. For travellers, a visit to the city of Thanjavur means
gaining an insight into the history and culture of Tamil Nadu and taking
some exquisite curios and souvenirs back home.
Climate & Best Time
Thanjavur has a tropical kind of climate with hot summers. During this
period, the temperature touches a high of 36 degrees centigrade. Winters
record a low of 22 degrees centigrade. November to February is the ideal
time for tourists to make a trip here.
Places to Visit
Apart from witnessing the some stunning temple architecture, belonging to
the Cholas, you can also visit the art galleries and libraries to have an
insightful view of the city's culture. Some of the most visited tourists
attractions in Thanjavur are as follows.
» Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple
One of the major draws for visitors, the temple is one of the most
brilliant examples of the Chola temple architecture. It was erected by the
Chola ruler Raja Raja I in the 10th century AD. The soaring temple measures
793 feet by 397 feet.
» Royal Palace
Partially built by the Nayaks and partially by the Mrathas, the palace
comprises of numerous halls and courtyards. A huge quadrangular courtyard
serves as the entrance to these buildings.
» Saraswathi Mahal Library
Founded around 1700 AD, the library is famous for its ancient collection of
manuscripts. It has the distinction of having over 44,000 palm leaf and
paper manuscripts in Indian and foreign languages.
» Royal Museum
old palace building now serves as the Royal Museum. The museum treasures a
fascinating collection of South Indian sculptures and paintings. The bronze
sculpture exhibited are the cynosure of all eyes here.
Thanjavur has a number of government approved and budget class hotels to
cater to the requirements of its visitors. You can plan your stay at some
famous hotels like Hotel Oriental Towers, Hotel Sangam, Hotel Parisutham and
Trichy, the nearest airport from Thanjavur, is 65 km away. Madurai Airport
(200 km) is another convenient airport with connecting flights to places
like Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. The railhead at Thanjavur links it with
Trichy, Chennai, Madurai and Nagore. Through road routes, Thanjavur is
connected with all the major cities and towns of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring